The Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Office

By : Nick Marr

The Best Low Maintenance Plants for Your Office

One of the simplest ways to liven up a dull room is the addition of an indoor plant or two. In fact, plants not only add a pop of color and liveliness to a home or office, but they can also help to purify air by filtering out toxins and chemicals. Although plants may seem like a big commitment, especially in a busy area such as an office, many plants are hardy and actually require little care in order to thrive indoors.


Dracaenas are a family of plants that are all relatively hardy. They generally do well in artificial light and some are quite drought resistant. There are several dracaena varieties that make suitable indoor plants. Some of them can grow to about three feet tall, while others can grow up to 10 feet, so it’s important to choose your size carefully. Dracaena warneckii and Dracaena marginata are excellent at removing air impurities, while Dracaena lisa is the easiest to care for.

Boston Fern

Boston ferns are leafy and can add an airy, jungle feel to any room. They can grow to a decent size, and they are excellent at removing impurities such as xylene from the air. Boston ferns prefer humid environments, and require frequent watering, but are otherwise hardy.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is one of the easiest plants to grow, indoors or out. Its long, rounded, dark green leaves are lovely to look at and add an interesting pop of color to a room. The plant can grow quite large, but it can be pruned back. It also often sprouts offshoots which can be placed in their own pots and planted. In addition to its air purifying qualities, aloe vera leaves can be cut off and the juice can be applied to a range of skin issues, including wounds, sunburn, and bug bites. Aloe vera prefers bright sunlight, and can tolerate extreme underwatering.


Diffenbachia, also known as the dumb cane plant, has large, variegated leaves that add a pop of color. The plant can grow to about four feet in height, and it’s known for its air purifying abilities. Diffenbachia are easy to care for—they require only low light and moist soil.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese evergreen is one of the best option for plants in offices because its leaves are broad, variegated, and colorful, so it’s striking in any room. It’s also available in several different varieties, so it’s easy to find a plant that suits your room and your tastes. In addition to being known as a great air purifier, this plant can thrive in a range of temperatures and is resistant to overwatering.

Bird’s Nest Fern

This fern is one of the most interesting plants to keep indoors. It’s eye-catching due to its long, pale green fronds. The fronds have rippled edges, giving them a unique look. In addition to being beautiful, this plant is easy to care for. It prefers indirect light and thrives in humid areas, so it could even be kept in a commercial restroom alongside bathroom stall partitions. The bird’s nest fern is also well-known as an air purifier, and filters out chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.


Pothos are a perfect plant for apartments, offices, or smaller areas because they start out quite small, although their vines can grow up to 10 feet as they age. In addition, these plants are very hardy—they need only medium light, generally aren’t prone to root rot, and can withstand infrequent watering. The leaves are broad and richly colored, and the plant acts as a good air purifier.

Snake Plant

Snake plants are some of the most popular plants in offices and homes because they can filter toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene from the air. In addition, these plants are quite striking. The have long, banded leaves colored in yellow and bright and dark green. The plant remains relatively small, does well in a variety of light, and doesn’t require frequent watering.

English Ivy

English ivy is elegant and can add class and color to any space. Although the vines can grow to be quite long, the plant can be trimmed back to suit the room it’s in. It can also be trained to climb or grow into a topiary. In addition to adding color and brightness, English ivy helps to clean mold out of the air. English ivy prefers bright but indirect light and a moist soil. It also likes cool temperatures, so a spot by a window during the cooler months is ideal.

ZZ Plant

ZZ plants are some of the easiest indoor plants to maintain. They do well in low light areas, so they can thrive even away from a window. They also grow large rhizomes at their base which store water, meaning that the plant is hardy against droughts and only needs to be watered about once a month. In addition, the plant has large, glossy, dark green leaves and is good at purifying the air.

Spider Plant

Spider plants tend to grow wider than they are tall, and their long, variegated leaves are an attractive addition to any room. The plant is good at purifying the air, and it’s also very easy to care for. It requires bright but indirect light, so it will do well in any room with windows. In addition, the plant often produces tiny baby spider plants, which can be left with the parent plant or carefully cut off to grow into their own plants.

Rubber Trees

Rubber trees, also known as rubber plants, are very easy to care for, which makes them ideal for an office. They require bright but indirect light and they are quite hardy. In fact, they can often withstand underwatering, although, ideally, the soil should remain moist. Rubber trees come in a few varieties, but the most common has large, dark green leaves. Like their name suggests, the plant can grow up to 10 feet tall, but they can be pruned back if necessary. In addition to being a bold addition to a room, they can help to remove carbon monoxide and other impurities from the air.

Plant care may at first seem daunting. However, plants can not only add a spark of life and color, but they can make a room more cheerful by their presence, and can actually help people in the area breathe easier. There are a number of plants that are suitable for the indoors and make perfect additions to homes or offices. Choosing the best plants depends simply on your area and your personal tastes.